Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive+ BlueHDi

8 Nov, 2013 3:30pm Paul Bond

We review Citroen Grand C4 Picasso on UK roads for the first time

Verdict

4
There are more spacious MPVs than the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, but none delivers the same high level of style and technology. Striking looks and class-leading efficiency will attract plenty of family buyers, and the focus on comfort rather than dynamic flair is appropriate for the class. It still does all the practical stuff well, and the largest Picasso is definitely the model to go for.

Space and style rarely mix but the futuristic Citroen Grand C4 Picasso could be the car to inject some desirability into the MPV class. We’ve tested it in the UK to see how it stacks up to the best seven-seat rivals.

Aside from those ultra-modern looks, Citroen has also taken a really creative approach to the interior design, and it takes time to adjust to the lounge-like cabin.

In the automatic model that we tried the gear selector is mounted on the steering column like in an old American saloon car, but this frees up space for a huge armrest and storage box under the dash, with USB ports, a 12v socket and SD card slot stowed out of sight.

The stylish centre console on the top-spec Exclusive+ model has an enormous 12-inch colour display that replaces traditional dials and a smaller touchscreen to control all the major functions.

These two features both help to push the new Grand C4 Picasso a lot further upmarket - and justify the £27,855 price tag for top-end cars like this one. Build quality is decent too, and the narrow A-pillars and large swept-back windscreen give a fantastic view of the road and let loads of light inside.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review

Practicality is still high up the agenda, and the added flexibility of the third row makes the longer Grand C4 Picasso considerably more spacious than its five-seat sibling. The seating system is a doddle to use, and the seats require little effort to manouevre.

On the road, the 2.0-litre diesel is a strong performer, even if the slightly hesitant automatic gearbox hampers any attempt to make a really quick getaway from traffic lights when driving in town. The soft ride does a fine job of coping with dips and crests on smooth roads but broken surfaces expose the passengers to sudden bumps and judders from the big wheels.

Incredibly light steering gives this vast MPV impressive agility, but quick inputs are still met with plenty of body roll in fast corners.

Despite this, an excellent CO2 figure of 120g/km makes this massive car as cheap to run as something half its size - which will matter a lot more to the majority of buyers than the soft-edged dynamics.

• Citroen C4 Picasso review

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I like the New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive+ BlueHDi

Never understood why Citroen feel the need to have the instruments in the middle. Its the driver that needs this information, not the whole car. Unless there's a back seat driver in the rear lol.

One less thing to change for RHD?

Would be, but the lower display panel isn't symmetrical so would need two versions anyway.

My old C4 coupe, with the "floating" speedo display could be read from the front as well. Police dont need speed guns, just good eyesight. lol.

True, but its ugly and as suggested, you can see it a mile off from outside the car. I bet the wipers are the wrong way round like some Renaults too.

Key specs

  • Car tested: Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive+ BlueHDi
  • Price: £27,855
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
  • Power: 148bhp
  • Transmission: Six-speed auto, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 10.2 seconds
  • Top speed: 128mph
  • Economy: 61.4mpg
  • CO2: 120g/km
  • Equipment: Heated massage seats, DAB radio, 8GB music hard drive, 360º parking cameras.
  • On sale: Now
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